A month ago we updated our post about Chase credit card signup offers that bypassed 5/24 (See: New offers bypassing 5/24 (approval NOT guaranteed) as even more people became targeted for them.
I was one of the lucky ones who saw offers for United, Southwest and Marriott credit cards. I wasn’t really in the market for any of them, but I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to bypass 5/24 and so applied for the United Explorer card and was approved.
It turns out there’s an alternative opportunity for some MileagePlus members to get hold of the United Explorer credit card even if you’re over 5/24, but it’s not something that appears when logging in to your Chase account.
Instead, it’s an offer that’s showing up for some in the United app. My understanding is that it’s a banner ad at the top of the home page that says you’re
pre-approved prequalified, so if you see a Star Wars ad or an image of a destination, I think it means you’re not targeted.
As you can see in the image above, my app did display a small business card offer, but there was no
pre-approved prequalified wording. Tapping on the offer didn’t show any pre-approved prequalified wording…
…while tapping on ‘Learn More’ and then ‘Pricing and Terms’ displayed an APR range. It seems like offers that bypass 5/24 display a specific APR rather than a range like 17.49% to 24.49% as shown below.
When logging in to my wife’s account in the app, she didn’t have a banner specifically listing a
pre-approved prequalified offer either. She did have a small banner for the United Explorer card though, so I was curious if this would turn out to have the set APR in the pricing.
When tapping through to the pricing, her offer displayed an APR range too, so it doesn’t look like her offer would’ve bypassed 5/24 either. That’s a bit of a moot point though as she is actually under 5/24, so I don’t know if hers is a reliable data point.
Reader Josh reached out to us though to let us know that he’d successfully applied for a United Explorer card despite being over 5/24. He saw the
pre-approved prequalified offer in the United app and had a specific APR of around 18% listed.
His application wasn’t immediately approved. Instead, he received a message stating “Thanks for your application – we will get back to you within 7-10 business days.” After hearing nothing for several weeks, the Explorer card appeared when logging in to his Chase account and he received the card a few days later. He’s since met the minimum spend requirement and received the signup bonus, so even if you’re not approved immediately, there’s still hope.
If you’re interested in getting a United Explorer card and are over 5/24, it’s therefore worth downloading the United app to see if you’ve been targeted for this offer. Good luck!
Update: Josh has provided a screenshot of what the offer looks like. The banner actually says ‘You’re Prequalified’ rather than ‘You’re Pre-approved’.